Dipankar Ghose
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Counting milestones: A day in the life of the Bharat Jodo Yatra

Hundreds of frantic feet are kicking up dust, and the tarred lane is unable to hold the numbers on it. First there is a marching band, then a media van, then a ring of security guards holding a thick rope in a bid to separate the man in the centre from the crowds rushing towards him.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi leading a sea of padayatris during the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra, in Bundi. (ANI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi leading a sea of padayatris during the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra, in Bundi. (ANI)
Published on Dec 16, 2022 11:55 PM IST
By, Sawai Madhopur

Gujarat election results: AAP plays spoiler, claims win with national status

Gujarat election results: For over three months, the biggest names in the AAP — from party chief Arvind Kejriwal to Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann and Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha — made Gujarat their second home.

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal during a roadshow in Gujarat’s Rajkot. (PTI)
AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal during a roadshow in Gujarat’s Rajkot. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 04:05 PM IST
ByMaulik Pathak and Dipankar Ghose

Gujarat elections: Bridge collapse tragedy looms over electoral battle in Morbi

Gujarat election: It’s clear that the politics in and around Morbi at the moment revolves around the bridge collapse.

135 people were killed after the bridge in Gujarat’s Morbi district collapsed on October 31. (AP)
135 people were killed after the bridge in Gujarat’s Morbi district collapsed on October 31. (AP)
Updated on Nov 25, 2022 01:45 PM IST

In Patidar backyard, calm and confusion

This non-descript village, 60km from Ahmedabad and 10km from the town of Viramgam, surrounded by fields of paddy, jowar and bajra, was the epicentre of the Patidar movement, perhaps the biggest political threat faced by the BJP in the state in over two decades.

Patidars form about 15% of Gujarat’s population. (PTI)
Patidars form about 15% of Gujarat’s population. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 07:53 PM IST
By, Viramgam

Tribal dilemma in Congress stronghold

Some men travel on their cycles to the JK Paper Mills in Songarh, around 10km away. Different world it may be, but this poll season, villages such as Thuti are bathed in political significance.

The road to Thuti has divided the village residents between the desire for development and local displacement (HT Photo)
The road to Thuti has divided the village residents between the desire for development and local displacement (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2022 12:26 PM IST
By, Tapi

In land of diamonds and textiles, larger Guj pointers from triangular contest

By night, deeply business-oriented as it is, Surat is alive well into the wee hours, the malls and shopping complexes full of customers. “There is something in the water of the river Tapi. It makes things grow,” Chainani said. “But every garden needs a gardener, even if you have water. And the BJP has always been strong here.”

BJP’s Ravi Kishan addresses supporters in Surat on Monday. (ANI)
BJP’s Ravi Kishan addresses supporters in Surat on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 01:00 PM IST
By, Surat

Refocusing our lens to view wildlife health holistically

We must recognise how intricately wildlife health is related to human health. This will be possible only if we pay close attention to the criticality of the "one health" approach

Lumpy skin disease of livestock needs to be checked as there is a potential for disease transmission to wild herbivores. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Lumpy skin disease of livestock needs to be checked as there is a potential for disease transmission to wild herbivores. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 04, 2022 07:38 PM IST

Congress political crisis: The parallels in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh

In both Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, as much as the Congress governments have been battling the BJP, they have been waging an internal war too

The chief ministers of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh have consolidated their positions, angering the men that want to take over (ANI File Photo)
The chief ministers of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh have consolidated their positions, angering the men that want to take over (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 06:24 PM IST

Modi’s outreach bested Akhilesh Yadav’s caste calculus in UP’s eastern reaches

Senior BJP leaders credited rallies by PM Narendra Modi in the eastern parts for turning the sentiment in the BJP’s favour.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being garlanded by BJP leaders following the party's win in the Uttar Pradesh assembly election in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being garlanded by BJP leaders following the party's win in the Uttar Pradesh assembly election in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)

Assembly polls: What the verdict means for top leaders

Narendra Modi Barely three months ago, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared to be facing political headwinds in Uttar Pradesh

BJP supporters celebrate after party's victory in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, in Varanasi on Thursday. (PTI)
BJP supporters celebrate after party's victory in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, in Varanasi on Thursday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 11, 2022 12:48 AM IST

UP polls: Ansari’s shadow looms over badlands of Mau

Uttar Pradesh assembly election 2022: Abbas Ansari, the son of the sitting five-time MLA Mukhtar Ansari, is fighting on a ticket from Om Prakash Rajbhar’s SBSP, in an alliance with the SP.

Mukhtar Ansari has won the Mau Sadar assembly seat five times since 1996. (FILE PHOTO)
Mukhtar Ansari has won the Mau Sadar assembly seat five times since 1996. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Mar 03, 2022 11:39 PM IST

In east UP, unemployment woes linger in the air

Uttar Pradesh assembly election 2022: Across Uttar Pradesh, from urban centres such as Prayagraj and Varanasi to smaller districts such as Chandauli and Mirzapur, there is a significant narrative on the ground that the BJP has not done enough on employment and filling up government vacancies.

Just before the pandemic, UP's labour market was affected by a lack of good quality jobs in comparison with other states (HT File)
Just before the pandemic, UP's labour market was affected by a lack of good quality jobs in comparison with other states (HT File)
Published on Mar 03, 2022 01:19 AM IST

Will shifting loyalties swing east UP elections?

In eastern UP, in what seems like an election on a knife edge, the movement of these leaders and their ability to bring their castes along with them, may well define the election.

BJP supporters at a rally in Kushinagar, amid the ongoing UP elections, on Monday. (ANI)
BJP supporters at a rally in Kushinagar, amid the ongoing UP elections, on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 02, 2022 04:45 AM IST
By, Kushinagar

UP elections: Long shadow of Phoolan Devi’s legacy on Mirzapur

On the banks of the Ganga in Mirzapur’s Purana Bada, a group of three Nishad men are talking about their heroes, and inevitably, one in particular.

Phoolan Devi. (File Photo)
Phoolan Devi. (File Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2022 04:38 AM IST
By, Mirzapur

Eastern concerns: Floating bodies to stray cattle

The state administration was accused of severe undercounting of cases and deaths but even the official numbers are high: 8,108 deaths in May 2021, and 3,438 deaths in April 2021.

Stray cattles have become a poll issue in UP.
Stray cattles have become a poll issue in UP.
Updated on Feb 26, 2022 05:12 AM IST
By, Shringverpur (prayagraj)

What will decide high-stakes UP contest?

If BJP retains power in the state, it will be the first government to do so in over three decades; but its aura of invincibility will be undeniably dented if SP emerges victorious

Much of what happens in the next two years – in the run-up to 2024 – will be decided by the results of that one election. (AP)
Much of what happens in the next two years – in the run-up to 2024 – will be decided by the results of that one election. (AP)
Updated on Feb 09, 2022 05:52 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pride, resentment: Brahmins caught in 2 emotions

Upper caste voters such as Mishra make up around 20% of Uttar Pradesh’s electoral population, with Brahmins accounting for almost half that number.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath waves towards supporters during the inauguration of BJP's 'Jan Vishwas Yatra' in Mathura ahead of the 2022 UP elections.(PTI Photo)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath waves towards supporters during the inauguration of BJP's 'Jan Vishwas Yatra' in Mathura ahead of the 2022 UP elections.(PTI Photo)
Published on Feb 08, 2022 05:10 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

In West and central UP, could shared identity as farmers bridge communal divide?

A 2019 NSS report on the “situation assessment of agricultural households and land and livestock holdings of households in rural India” pegs the number of agricultural households in Uttar Pradesh at 65.4% .

Lakhimpur Kheri goes to the polls in three weeks, in the fourth phase on February 23, and the campaign is yet to pick up.
Lakhimpur Kheri goes to the polls in three weeks, in the fourth phase on February 23, and the campaign is yet to pick up.
Updated on Feb 03, 2022 12:28 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Sisauli/lakhimpur Kheri

UP polls: Consolidation of Muslim, Hindu votes in focus in Saharanpur

Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2022: In 2012, with a population that has 41.95% Muslims, and 21% Dalits, of its seven seats, four were won by the Bahujan Samaj Party, one by the BJP, one by the Congress, and one by the SP. In 2017, aided by a fierce Hindu polarisation, the BJP won four seats, including Deoband, with two going to the Congress, and one to the SP.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressing a public rally, at Deoband, in Saharanpur on Tuesday. (ANI)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressing a public rally, at Deoband, in Saharanpur on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 30, 2022 11:47 PM IST

Farmers first or Hindus first? Jats in Muzaffarnagar face an odd dilemma

Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2022: Muzaffarnagar comes in western UP, a region that sends around 140 representatives to the 403-strong state assembly.

Farmers protesting against farm laws at Ghazipur, New Delhi, October 29, 2021 (PTI)
Farmers protesting against farm laws at Ghazipur, New Delhi, October 29, 2021 (PTI)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 11:44 PM IST

In stronghold Agra, Dalits start speaking of BSP again

Agra, with its nine seats in the district, has come to be known for two things. For the Taj Mahal. And, in politics, as the Dalit capital of Uttar Pradesh, fuelled by the 21% of its population that belongs to the scheduled caste.

BSP chief Mayawati (File Photo)
BSP chief Mayawati (File Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 09:37 AM IST

UP elections: In Mathura, murmurs of dissent over local issues, farm laws

Mathura, raised by both the chief minister and his deputy in recent months, may be the next vehicle in the BJP’s Hindutva project, a symbol that there is much left unfinished. The Ram temple in Ayodhya is well on its way to being built, Varanasi has been beautified, and Mathura is next.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath waves towards supporters during the inauguration of BJP's 'Jan Vishwas Yatra' in Mathura, ahead of the 2022 UP elections, on December 19. (PTI)
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath waves towards supporters during the inauguration of BJP's 'Jan Vishwas Yatra' in Mathura, ahead of the 2022 UP elections, on December 19. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 26, 2022 03:48 AM IST
ByDipankar Ghose, Hindustan Times, Mathura

In the past week, India’s Maoist story has changed

When India’s Maoist story is written, two days in this past week are going to be seen as seminal, with far-reaching consequences beyond just the immediate

Milind Teltumbde was younger, in his late 50s, but was also a member of the central committee, and on the NIA’s most wanted list as well (ANI)
Milind Teltumbde was younger, in his late 50s, but was also a member of the central committee, and on the NIA’s most wanted list as well (ANI)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 04:56 PM IST
ByDipankar Ghose

Chhattisgarh: The inside story of the Bhupesh Baghel-TS Singh Deo battle

Saddled by a two-and-a-half year arrangement at the top of their minds, the relationship between chief minister Bhupesh Baghel and TS Singh Deo, now health minister, has never mended

TS Singh Deo (left) and Bhupesh Baghel. (PTI File)
TS Singh Deo (left) and Bhupesh Baghel. (PTI File)
Updated on Aug 30, 2021 03:42 PM IST
ByDipankar Ghose

Chhattisgarh top leaders call on Rahul Gandhi amid friction

The meeting comes at least two months after the Chhattisgarh Congress government passed the two-and-a-half year mark on June 17 and the party in the state is waiting with baited breath for a resolution

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, with Congress general secretary in-charge of state PL Punia, comes out of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's residence after meeting him, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI)
Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, with Congress general secretary in-charge of state PL Punia, comes out of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's residence after meeting him, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI)
Published on Aug 25, 2021 12:37 AM IST
ByRITESH MISHRA & DIPANKAR GHOSE

The pandemic has added to the urgency of protecting wildlife

Wildlife conservation needs to be prioritised, and development plans at country, state and district levels need to take cognisance of wildlife needs

Negative interactions between humans and wildlife intensify when local communities feel that wildlife needs or values are given priority over their own needs (Manoj Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Negative interactions between humans and wildlife intensify when local communities feel that wildlife needs or values are given priority over their own needs (Manoj Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 03, 2021 04:14 PM IST
ByDipankar Ghose

Wildlife fatalities rising due to poorly planned infrastructure

In 2016, 16 elephants have died due to train-hits. The highest number in recent times was in 2010, with 20 elephant deaths

Village women pray near the carcass of a wild Asiatic male elephant at Amgaon, near Gauhati, December 3, 2016(AP)
Village women pray near the carcass of a wild Asiatic male elephant at Amgaon, near Gauhati, December 3, 2016(AP)
Published on Dec 15, 2016 03:25 PM IST
ByDipankar Ghose

Jobless snake charmers hunt for livelihood options

Jobless snake charmers hunt for livelihood options

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Updated on Mar 02, 2004 04:53 PM IST
PTI | ByBahar Dutt and Dipankar Ghose
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